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Nissan Quest, Mercury Villager, Van
Dec 30, 2003 (8:44 pm)
I purchased a 2004 Quest S (Mats, Seat package, microfilter, DVD, paint sealant) this afternoon. Considering the excess baggage i was briging to this deal, I was very please with the overall experieince.
I traded two cars, 2001 Malibu LS (35,500 miles and in the middle of a 5 yr. loan) and a 1996 Ford explorer (V8 with 146,300 miles and a badly dented tailgate). They gave me $8100 for the Malibe LS which was a gift considering Kelly Blue book had the trade in value at $6,600 and $1500 for the Explorer "as-is". Plus they discounted the car $1900. The trade took care of my payoff which accomplished what I wanted One car payment. Now I have to buy my buddy's car to get me through the next couple of years.
Overall a very good experieince. I purchased from Cooper Nissan of Lehigh Valley (Easton, PA). They are looking to move cars there. Let me know if anyone int he area is looking and I can pass on a terrific salesman to you. Very low key, no pressure.
Dec 31, 2003 (12:24 pm)
We bought a Smoke SE (w DVD) on 12/1 and I've been meaning to post a note here since then, but have been too busy watching DVDs in the garage.
I'd like to thank everyone who shared their experiences here and in the Problems board, especially the prolific "regulars." I read the discussions here pretty religiously before buying, and feel like it made me a much more savvy shopper. We narrowed it down to the Ody and the Quest; I was leaning toward the Honda as the more conservative choice, but my wife fell in love with the nontraditional styling of the Quest. Reading about some of issues on the Problems board spooked me a little, but I convinced myself that most of the problems experienced were cosmetic (rattles), and that the number of postings wasn't indicative of an inordinate number of problems (more likely, the large number of people who are NOT having problems don't post on the Problems board - duh).
Anyway, we went ahead and got the Quest, and at 1000 miles now are very happy with it (no rattles either). Our only complaint is that it's a tight squeeze getting into the garage, but we expected that before we bought it. Nothing exciting to report about our buying experience, mostly because I'm lucky enough to qualify for the VPP program through my employer. The sales guy was funny when I mentioned VPP to him after the test drive when it was apparent that we were seriously interested. He joked that we wouldn't get to do any of the fun part (negotiating).
The one significant thing that I wanted to share is that I went back today to buy the extended warranty and got some potentially useful info. I reviewed the previous postings here to get an idea of what others were paying. I should mention up front that I'm a notoriously bad negotiator - confrontation isn't my thing. So, I walked into the dealer expecting some pain, but walked out less than 10 mins later completely satisfied.
I told the very pleasant F&I person that I had bought the car earlier this month, that I had been shopping around on warranties, and wanted to compare the plans she had to offer. She went and got "the book" and showed me what the dealer's cost was for the various plans, and then said she'd need to make a little money on whatever I chose. I scribbled down a couple of the numbers (dealer's cost):
Gold Preferred 84/100k $0 deductible - $1328
Gold Preferred 84/100k $50 deductible - $1063
She offered me the Gold Preferred 84/100k with $50 deductible for $1095 + 4.5% VA sales tax. She offered the $0 deductible for $1350. This seemed to be a good deal to me compared to what others had reported of prices in the $1300 range. She said she was giving me a deal because I bought the car from them and then came back to them for the warranty. I don't know if today being 12/31 (last day of the month, last day of the year) had anything to do with it, but I did shop today intentionally. I was comfortable with quote she gave me, so I didn't quibble and went with $50 ded. for $1095 (I did mention that I'm not much of a negotiator).
The dealer is Brown's Sterling Nissan in northern VA. All my experiences with them have been positive; I'd recommend them to anyone in the area. I forgot to mention that they were able to locate a Smoke SE for us within 24 hours, which appears to have been a bit of a feat given the popularity of this color/model combination.
Anyway, I hope this helps someone.
Happy New Year!
#218 of 730 2004 models for Quest?
Jan 03, 2004 (2:39 pm)
If I get a Quest, I would want to get the latest model with all the fixes of the "bugs". I am unfamiliar with when the "new" models come out.
Has the 2004 models for Quest come out yet?
If so, how long has the 2004 Quest been out?
If not, when does it come out?
#219 of 730 RE: 2004 qUESTS
Jan 04, 2004 (6:56 pm)
The 2004 Quests have been out for 4-5 months now. So far the biggest issues have been leaking on the skyview sunroofs and rattles in the sliding doors and in the rear. And they have a fix for these issues already. So far so good. I
I purchased mine last Tuesday. Thought I had the rattling problem but it turned out to be my son's car seat. Lov the space and the ride. The engine moves the vehicle effortlessly.
Jan 04, 2004 (10:44 pm)
What are the most common problems with the Quest?
From what I can tell, there is the leaking skyroof and the creaky door. Anything else?
Its more that I would want to know what else to look for in the car when ( and if ) I get the Quest.
Also, when does the 2005 model come out?
#221 of 730 New Quest ordered and received!!
Jan 04, 2004 (11:11 pm)
I ordered a Quest SE in early October at Brown's Nissan in Fairfax, VA using a United Buying Service (UBS) certificate available at many local Washington, DC, credit unions, as follows:
Options: DVD (single), NAV system, Seat Package, floor mats, splash guards, and cargo cover (not including taxes, title, and tags):
UBS delivered price: $34,166
Other available options, some of which I selected:
Appearance package (from dealer) including wheel locks, pin striping, and door edge guards: $428
Exterior paint sealant, leather sealant, and undercoating: $599
Protection Gold Plus Plan: 6 years/75,000 miles: $909
Lojack System with Early Warning option: $995
I am picking up the vehicle tomorrow and will report my driving experience in one of other Quest forums.
I had a good buying experience at this dealership and would recommend them.
Jan 05, 2004 (4:53 am)
Great deal, congrats. Any idea why it took so long for them to deliver your vehicle (almost 3 months). Seems like they made you wait a lonnnng for a very standard SE (aside from the dealer installed accessories).
#223 of 730 RE: 2004 Quests problems
Jan 05, 2004 (7:53 am)
The leaking sunroof and rattles are the two most common things. Deals can be had on this vehicle as Nissan is trying to get as many on the road as possible without using rebates (thank goodness).
Jan 05, 2004 (9:11 am)
Nice Deal .. Congrats and Enjoy
Curious about the pinstriping ... Could you give us more details?
#225 of 730 2004 SE Purchase - Pittsburgh PA area
Jan 05, 2004 (11:14 am)
Got our Quest SE on Dec 19 for $200 over invoice and 1.9% financing at Sisson Motors, Washington PA. Hassle free transaction. We had already test driven the Quest and some other minivans a few times and knew what we wanted. Saw the SE (red - w/out dvd & running boards) on the Nisson dealer website and sent an email asking for best price over invoice. The dealer called my wife and suggested we come down and drive it, to which my wife responded that we were ready to buy and needed to know that the price would make the trip worthwhile(about 50 miles), he asked what price we had in mind and she responded $200 over invoice as we could get that price or better via CarMax (albeit 300 miles away). The saleman went to talk to his manager and came back 2 minutes later and said OK. Drove down the next day and signed the deal, he showed us the invoice which matched the numbers I already had, explained their dealer services and the van's features and off we went. Couldn't have asked for a better experience and in fact I originally was willing to even pay a little more as they had what we wanted in stock and were closer to home than CarMax. I think the end of the year and the fact that they had a good supply of Quest's instock helped as other dealers we had previously talked with were more evasive on pricing and made it sound like they weren't going to negotiate real far.